Arequipa, Peru: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Arequipa, Peru? If you're planning to go to Arequipa, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Arequipa, Peru

Based on the climate and weather in Arequipa, the best time to go is November. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Arequipa, Peru by month

January

January in Arequipa is mild. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 50% to 60% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

February

February in Arequipa is mild. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C). But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans

March

If you go to Arequipa in March, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain sometimes. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage

April

If you vacation in Arequipa during April, you are likely to find that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans

May

May in Arequipa is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear

June

If you visit Arequipa during June, you are likely to find that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally around 30 during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses

July

If you are traveling to Arequipa in July, you will notice that it is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Daytime temperatures are in the high 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans

August

August in Arequipa is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Dresses
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Long skirts

September

If you visit Arequipa during September, you are likely to find that it is mild and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 30 and 40% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

October

October in Arequipa is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 40s F (single digits C).

With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 30% to 40% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses

November

November in this region is balmy and very dry with almost no rain. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts

December

If you vacation in Arequipa during December, you are likely to find that it is mild and dry with little rain. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 40 and 50% during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Socks

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Arequipa, Peru

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Arequipa, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Arequipa is at a somewhat high altitude, and could cause problems for some.

For that reason, you will want to be constantly hydrated and pack altitude sickness remedies.

  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor)
  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and C
  • A SIM card that works in Arequipa
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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